Live Your Passion

  • Live Your Passion | Patch Collector - Rev. Tim Polley

    Dolphin Island, Ala., North Pole, Alaska.; Tisbury, Mass., and Benton, Ky. These four seemingly unrelated cities have at least one common thread: All four of their police departments have patches in Pastor Tim Polley’s extensive collection.

    When his father began collecting patches while serving as the chief of the Dongola City Police Department, a small town in southern Illinois, he probably had no idea that it would later become an obsession for his son.

  • Live Your Passion | Out of the Darkness organizer - Holly Dawson

    On Aug. 25, 2015, Holly and Clint Dawson experienced something that no parents ever should: their 17-year-old daughter, Maddie, committed suicide.

    Now, more than two years later, Holly has dedicated her life to raising awareness about suicide and mental health through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Out of the Darkness walks.

    Five weeks after Maddie’s death, Holly and Clint participated in the Out of the Darkness walk in Bardstown, Ky. Two weeks later, they joined Madison’s walk.

  • Live Your Passion | Nature Enthusiast - Tanya Supplee

    Carrollton native Tanya Supplee loves spending time outdoors. Lucky for her, she found the perfect job as the parks program service supervisor at General Butler State Resort Park.

    But it wasn’t a straight path to that perfect job.

  • Live Your Passion | M - Mixed Martial Arts Fighter - Travis Branum

    Travis Branum has never been one to back away from a fight. Growing up, first in Owen County Schools and then transferring to Carroll County High School as a junior, he used to get in fights at school.

    “Football was the first way I could really get my aggression out safely. It was my first outlet,” he said.

    The son of Angie and Donnie Branum, Branum graduated from CCHS in 2012. He had a chance to play semi-professional football, but turned it down because of the number of concussions he had sustained over his four-year career.

  • Live Your Passion | Lampstand 33 - Marcus Mumphrey

    Lampstand33 is the name of Carroll County native Marcus Mumphrey’s outreach program. It is a multicultural, community and peer-based group that strives to enrich, support and sustain the body, mind and spirit of local youth.

    “Lampstand” appears in the Bible multiple times, and in the first 11 verses of the Book of Revelations lampstand is referred to seven times.

    Lampstand has become Mumphrey’s passion to give back to his community, which is ironic as he once said that he was leaving Carrollton and not coming back.

  • Live Your Passion - Kentucky Basketball Alum | Lukasz Obrzut

    Lukasz Obrzut stands out from a crowd, but it is not just because of his 7-foot-1-inch frame. He is a member of an elite club, one that makes you a celebrity for life in the Commonwealth: University of Kentucky men’s basketball alumnus.

    Obrzut played for the Wildcats from 2003-2007. He played two years of professional basketball in the NBA D-League and the Polish Basketball League before retiring and returning to the United States. Today, he works as a contractor at Dow in Carroll County and resides outside Louisville with his family.

  • Live Your Passion | Jelly and Jam Maker - Jeannine Perkins

    Once a childhood hobby with her parents and grandmother, Jeannine Perkins now sells jelly, jam and her own specialty, “jamelly,” at the RiverView Farmers Market in Carrollton.

    It was her nephew who was in town visiting from Colorado who first encouraged her to sell her homemade creations at the farmers market.

  • Live Your Passion | Ice Cream Vendors - Wyatt and Michelle Self

    Wyatt Self loves ice cream. But not just any ice cream: Baxter’s ice cream. So much so that when he was offered the opportunity to purchase the company from Red and Janie Baxter, without hesitation, he said yes. Without any previous experience in the food service industry or working in a food truck and without talking it over with his wife first, Wyatt said yes to turning his love for ice cream into his family’s new side business.

  • Live Your Passion - H - Horseback Riding -Mallary Bickers

    Owning a horse or in the case of Mallary Bickers, now four horses, is a passion that requires time and commitment.

    Bickers said she spends about an hour a day and a minimum of four hours on Saturdays at her Uncle Troy’s [Bickers] were she boards her horses. “The Saturday time depends on how many of the horses I ride that day,” Bickers said. “If I work with all four I could be out there all day.”

    The love and passion for horses could be genetic as her mother Marla Couch Bickers is just as passionate as Bickers.

  • Live Your Passion - F Fishing |Troy and Brady Bickers

    For Troy and Brady Bickers, fishing is more than just a way to relax. It’s a way for father and son to enjoy each other’s company, to compete side by side and to create lifelong memories.